Advanced Residential Couture Sewing Course - Summer 2020

For the past 14 years I have been teaching Residential Couture Sewing Courses in Palm Springs, California with Claire Shaeffer, in North Bay, Ontario with Kathryn Brenne, and also near my home in the New Forest in collaboration with Jayne Edwards at her beautiful country home, Gaddens Manor. They have proved to be a huge success and we have built a loyal following of sewing enthusiasts both here and abroad.

In 2020, Jayne and I plan to offer four courses. Come and enjoy a sewing holiday, with like-minded sewers. You will have the unique opportunity to study with me, a Couturier with over 35 years experience, in a class of no more than 8 students, in beautiful and relaxing surroundings. The 5 day workshops will begin with a traditional English afternoon tea at 4.00 pm on the Sunday followed by a light supper that evening. You will have the opportunity to meet me, Jayne and all the other students. Classes will then run from 9am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday, with breakfast, tea and coffee breaks, lunch and light evening supper all provided. Also all the equipment, fabrics and trimmings are provided for all the courses.

This year we have come up with a great concept, a capsule collection! I intend to offer a fabulous swing back coat in wool coating, a classic English Tailored jacket to coordinate with it, in specially commissioned tweed, hand woven for me in Scotland and a beautiful pair of couture flannel trousers made from your own trouser block. You can take all three classes or just one of them; the pieces stand alone, as well as part of a wonderful coordinated look.

I am also working again with Kathryn Brenne at Gaddens and we will be offering an un-structured jacket made in a knit fabric that looks just like a woven tweed but gives you a fantastic, easy, soft jacket that is still structured and tailored and very smart.

The Couture Swing Back Coat

wool crepe

March 15th-20th 2020 Sold out

This was one of my first client commissions back in 2002, it has always been a favourite design on my website so I have finally decided to adapt my original pattern so it can be made in various sizes. In this class you will learn the techniques required to make this fabulous swing back 7/8 coat. The coat is unlined and finished using hand finished run and fell seams. The collar is pad stitched and the pocket detail has a clever lining finish!

I have sourced a fabulous, pure wool coating from a London supplier I have worked with for many years; it has a beautiful drape and sheen and will make this coat look and feel truly luxurious.

The course will cover, pin marking a couture pattern, trace tacking and pad stitching a collar. Making a couture pocket and working with hand finished run and fell seams and so much more.

The Classic Fitted English Tailored Jacket

jacket

April 26th-1st May 2020 Sold out

In early 2019 I was asked to re-make a tweed jacket for a client, she wanted a jacket I had designed 30 years ago remade. The jacket was such a success I thought it would be great to offer it as class. The jacket will be a classic 4-button jacket made in a bespoke tweed woven especially for the course in 4 colour ways. The jacket will have a contrast collar and jets to the flap pockets, with bone buttons.

The course will cover trace tacking a pattern, backing with hair canvas, pad stitching a collar and revers, putting on a collar and setting in sleeves by hand and making jetted flap pockets.

At the end of the week I also hope to show how to put in a pure silk linining by hand and how to tackle hand made buttonholes!

The unstructured Jacket with Kathryn Brenne

jacket

May 31st-5th June 2020 Sold out

I am once again thrilled to be able to work with Kathryn Brenne at Gaddens. Kathryn first developed this jacket technique for an aticle in Vogue Pattern Magazine in 2015, as a men's unlined jacket in a knit fabric. She was so impressed with the results that she made one for herself. Since then Kathryn has made 4 versions, and I have made 2 for myself! I have cut and developed the pattern for this jacket available in 5 sizes. This jacket, which is actually made in a knit fabric, that looks like a woven tweed, is super confortable to wear, has some couture techniques to give it structure and all the seams and inside finishes are bound in contrast print. You will pad stitch a collar, make a pair of couture-finished patch pockets and hand worked buttonholes, if you want!

The Couture Swing Back Coat

wool crepe

June 7th-12th 2020 Sold out

This was one of my first client commissions back in 2002, it has always been a favourite design on my website so I have finally decided to adapt my original pattern so it can be made in various sizes. In this class you will learn the techniques required to make this fabulous swing back 7/8 coat. The coat is unlined and finished using hand finished run and fell seams. The collar is pad stitched and the pocket detail has a clever lining finish!

I have sourced a fabulous, pure wool coating from a London supplier I have worked with for many years; it has a beautiful drape and sheen and will make this coat look and feel truly luxurious.

The course will cover, pin marking a couture pattern, trace tacking and pad stitching a collar. Making a couture pocket and working with hand finished run and fell seams and so much more.

The Perfect Couture Tailored Trouser

trouser

July 5th-10th 2020

One of the first classes I ever ran with Claire Shaffer in Palm Springs, almost 20 years ago, was this tailored trouser class. A well fitted pair of trousers is a Couture staple and in this class you get to draft you very own personal pattern, using a drafting technique I have developed and used very successfully with all my couture clients.

We will fit a half toile of your trousers and then make the trouser up in a beautiful menswear grey flannel. These trousers will look great with the jacket and coat or as a stand alone piece. You will learn how to put in a fly front zip and finish a couture waistband creating the perfect pair of tailored trousers. You will get a personal trouser block in card, a cotton half toile and a pair of beautiful wool trousers!

The Gaddens Sewing School is a purpose built, fully equipped studio space where all sewing tools are provided in individual sewing kits. We will create the atmosphere of a Couture Workroom with large covered tables. Students will learn hand-sewing skills as they sit together in the workroom and sew.

Supplies

All supplies required to make the project are included in the cost of the workshop:

The Couture Swing Back Coat

  • Pure wool coating
  • Collar Canvas
  • Calico Couture pattern in 5 sizes
  • Sewing thread
  • Basting cotton
  • Project booklet with complete instructions and process photos

The Classic Fitted English Tailored Jacket

  • Bespoke woven pure wool tweed
  • Pure silk Lining
  • Canvas in three weights
  • Bone buttons
  • Calico Couture pattern in 5 sizes.
  • Sewing thread
  • Basting cotton
  • Project booklet with complete instructions and process photos

The unstructured Jacket

  • Wool mix knitted tweed
  • Liberty print bias binding
  • Canvas
  • Calico Couture pattern in 5 sizes
  • Sewing thread
  • Basting cotton
  • Project booklet with complete instructions and process photos

The Perfect Couture Tailored Trouser

  • Pure new wool menswear flannel
  • Canvas
  • Pure silk satin lining fabric
  • Sewing thread
  • Basting cotton
  • Project booklet with complete instructions and process photos

Full Board

Gaddens offers most rooms with en-suite bathrooms or own bathroom adjacent. Breakfast, morning and afternoon breaks, as well as a hot lunch and light supper each evening. We will start with a welcome tea and early evening supper on Sunday prior to the workshop and there will be a farewell dinner on the Thursday evening at a top local restaurant. The course runs from 4.00pm on Sunday until 5.00pm on the following Friday.

We will try our best to work with any known food allergies. However, if you are on a very restricted diet, you may wish to supply your own food.

Fees

THE COUTURE SWING BACK COAT PROJECT £1,975.00
THE CLASSIC FITTED ENGLISH TAILORED JACKET PROJECT £1,875.00
THE UNSTRUCTURED JACKET PROJECT WITH KATHRYN BRENNE £1,775.00
THE PERFECT COUTURE TAILORED TROUSER PROJECT £1,675.00

All courses will include:

  • Full board, Breakfast, tea breaks, lunch and light supper
  • Accommodation in a single room en-suite or adjacent bathroom, there is also one shared room with en-suite perfect for two friends.
  • All tuition and all supplies for the course

Location

Gaddens Manor Sewing School is located in the New Forest National Park, Hampshire, England. It is just over an hour from London Heathrow Airport and 20 minutes from Bournemouth and Southampton Airports. There is ample car parking at Gaddens Manor. Please visit http://www.newforestcouturesewing.co.uk/ for more information.

A £600.00 NON-RETURNABLE DEPOSIT CONFIRMS YOUR PLACE ON EACH COURSE.